If you listen to some storage vendors, they would leave you with the impression that in the future storage systems will use just one type of storage media – namely “cheap flash”.
The proliferation of digital services, mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT) devices are causing today’s data centers to overflow with information, applications and databases. Traditional disk and tape data storage technologies are simply not equipped to deal with this deluge of data, or meet the speed, capacity and recovery demands that today’s digital economy places on the modern datacenter.
If you take a long, measured look across the data storage industry you will find there has not been any fundamental innovation in feature capability in the last 20 years. The last significant innovation in this space was snapshots and snap-based replication which NetApp made popular. Since then, however, it has been slow, expected changes that best characterizes the development of the storage industry.